Supplies and Accessories
Quilting and embroidery supplies and accessories vary depending on your machine and the type of quilt you want to design. Some of the basic tools needed are:
Sewing or embroidery machine
Gloves or grippers
Embroidery hoops (if they don't come with your machine)
Darning foot and other embroidery machine feet
Designs Available Online
There are many helpful Web sites where you can buy or download for free many different printed quilting and embroidery designs. For example:
Embroidery Online offers a wide choice of delicate and beautiful quilting designs for purchase.
Erica's Embroidery Designs has both simple and complex designs.
Splinters and Threads has some basic patterns for sports, feathers, and other miscellaneous designs.
Golden Threads motto is, "Designs that make every embroidery quilt a work of art," and the ones listed on the Web site show just that. Everything from complete quilting packages to miniature designs is offered.
Advantages and Disadvantages
Some will find quilting with machine embroidery a breeze, while others won't like it all.
There are many advantages to embroidering a quilt in this fashion:
It cuts back on time it would take to hand-embroider the item.
It can be cost-effective because doing the microfiber printed quilting at home is cheaper than having a professional do it.
Learning a new craft may be hard work, but it is fun.
While every quilting technique has an upside, it also can have a downside:
Quilting with machine embroidery does not work with every style of quilt, like jacquard quilt.